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Celebrate Wisconsin's Dairy Heritage with Kunes CDJR at the Grilled Cheese Championship

Published on Feb 14, 2024 by Talia Mushinsky

Kunes CDJR of Barneveld is thrilled to share with you an event that’s all about celebrating the heart of Wisconsin - our dairy farmers, and of course, cheese! We're talking about the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship, a spectacular event that puts the spotlight on Wisconsin’s finest: our cheese.

The Cheesy Competition

The Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship isn't just any competition. It's a growing event where your grilled cheese making skills can shine. With different categories and heats, all cheese used must be from Wisconsin, celebrating our state's rich cheese-making history.


Imagine over 4,000 people, local celebrities, and culinary experts coming together to judge based on presentation, taste, and style. The event is not just about competing; it's about having fun, making memories, and of course, enjoying delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.


When: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 11AM - 4PM

Where: Ley Memorial Pavilion at Harris Park

600 N. Bennett Road

Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Why We're Involved

Kunes CDJR of Barneveld is more than just a car dealership; we're a part of this community. Sponsoring the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship is our way of supporting our local economy, farmers, and bringing people together for a day of joy and cheesy delight. We believe in the power of community events to spread happiness and create lasting memories.

How It All Began

Ever wondered how the idea of a Grilled Cheese Championship in Wisconsin came to be? It started with a vision to honor and celebrate our hardworking Wisconsin Dairy Farmers. And why not? If you've ever tasted Wisconsin cheese, you know it’s top-notch. So, imagine combining that with the classic comfort of a grilled cheese sandwich. That's what this event is all about!


The brilliant mind behind this cheesy celebration is Lorin Toepper, a Highland resident whose love for Wisconsin dairy inspired him to start this championship. He wanted to showcase the vital role dairy farmers play in our state's economy and thought, "If California can have a cheese competition, Wisconsin can do it better." Why? Because we have the best cheese, of course!


Lorin, known for his contributions to the Hospitality Field, dreamed up this event to bring us all back to those childhood days of enjoying a simple grilled cheese sandwich. Yet, he envisioned it as a canvas for creativity, encouraging the use of various cheeses, ingredients, and bread types to transform a simple sandwich into a culinary masterpiece.

text reads: April 20th, Dodgeville, WI; Annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Campionship; Featuring the Lego Masters Builders Base
Photo: Chefs smiling as they cook up their grilled cheese sandwiches

Join the Cheesy Fun!

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, April 20th!


From 11AM - 4PM, you can experience a day filled with family activities, music, vendors, and the best grilled cheese you’ve ever tasted. With general admission and VIP tickets available, you won’t want to miss out on the fun and flavors at Ley Memorial Pavilion in Dodgeville.


From savory classics to sweet dessert sandwiches, there's a category for every grilled cheese lover. And it's not just about eating; it's about experiencing the creativity and passion of our community's cooks and chefs.

Supporting Local Goes Beyond Cheese

Aside from the cheesy goodness, enjoy a variety of local vendors and food trucks. From wood-fired pizza to old-fashioned grilled cheese, there's something for everyone. And let's not forget the LEGO Masters Builders base for the kids (and kids at heart)!


At Kunes CDJR of Barneveld, we're proud to sponsor an event that celebrates Wisconsin’s dairy legacy and brings our community together. We invite you to join us in supporting our local farmers, chefs, and businesses at the Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship. Let's make it a day to remember!



See you there, cheese lovers!

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